Feb. 12, 2015
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University will play host to its second indoor track and field meet in a three-week span when the Marshall Invitational takes place Friday and Saturday on the Jeff Small Track in the Chris Cline Athletic Complex's indoor facility.
Competition among eight women's teams and five men's squads begins Friday at 6 p.m. and runs for approximately 2 1/2 hours. The Saturday schedule begins at 9 a.m. for field events, with running events commencing at noon. The meet is expected to be completed by 4:15 p.m.
Admission to the meet is $5 for adults; $3 for those 18 and under; and MU students free, with an ID. No concessions are sold or permitted in the indoor facility.
Scheduled to join the Thundering Herd in the women's competition are Virginia Tech, Ohio, Radford, Morehead State, UNC Asheville, Duquesne and Wofford. Men's teams are scheduled from Virginia Tech, Wofford, Duquesne, Morehead and UNC Asheville.
Marshall assistant coach Travis Coleman, the Marshall Invitational director, said about 350 athletes will compete in the event.
Marshall held its first major event in the 5-month-old indoor facility two weekends ago - the Thundering Herd Invitational, which featured 12 women's teams and six men's squads. Western Carolina won both meets. The Herd women finished in fifth place, with 15 top-eight finishes.
In the last two meets for Marshall the Thundering Herd Invitational and Akron Invitational - MU sophomore Isatu Fofanah (Ponoka, Alberta) has posted three school-record times - in the 60 dash (7.46 seconds) and twice in the 200 (24.25 at home, then 24.08 at Akron).
Marshall also has had solid early season performances from junior hurdler Asia Bange, sophomore sprinters Hope Julmiste and Kametra Byrd and senior triple jumper Loren Dyer.
Following the Marshall Invitational, the Herd will point toward the 2015 Conference USA Indoor Championships, scheduled Feb. 25-26 in Birmingham, Ala.